At WSHA request, the Health Care Authority revises administrative days Policy

After discussions with WSHA, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently announced it will revise its policy on administrative days and return to the longstanding policy it used previously. This revision will ensure hospitals are paid for days where a patient has completed an inpatient stay and no longer meets inpatient criteria, but transfer... Read More >>

Industry Partner Webcast: Wellness and Revenue

Join us at noon Sept. 17 to learn how WHS Industry Partner WellTrackONE can help you take advantage of the Medicare Wellness Visit program to improve patient care and revenue. The Wellness Visit is a screening visit, separate from a regular physical. WellTrackONE helps organizations implement the program without impacting physician practice and meeting the... Read More >>

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. September is National Preparedness Month, providing a reminder that large and small organizations should take immediate steps to prepare for emergencies that could disrupt their businesses. In support of National Preparedness Month, Paradigm Solutions International, a Washington Hospital Services (WHS) Industry Partner and a leading provider of... Read More >>

Webcast: Preparing members for voting on changes to bylaws

WSHA members will be asked to vote on a number of proposed changes to the WSHA bylaws at the Oct. 7 WSHA Business Meeting, as part of the Annual Meeting. Members of WSHA’s Governance of the Future Task Force will present a webcast Sept. 28 from 10-11 a.m. to detail the proposed bylaws changes. We encourage... Read More >>

Annual Meeting: Serving the new consumer in the digital age

Is your organization serving all its patients, especially those super busy, tech-savvy, online-all-the-time folks for whom expectations are high for immediate service and information at their fingertips? Join us for expert insights on these topics and more at the opening session of WSHA’s Annual Meeting with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a nationally recognized expert on “Serving... Read More >>

Overlake on forefront of cochlear technology

Overlake Medical Center recently became the first hospital in the state to perform surgery and insert the world’s slimmest cochlear implant, helping a 23-year-old woman regain her sense of sound after suffering substantial hearing loss. The implant, which helps the brain process sound by bypassing damaged cells, is just 3.9 millimeters thick and twice as... Read More >>

Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships

While change in health care is the only constant, passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 really dropped the checkered flag. Since then, hospitals big and small have been working intensively to improve our quality, enroll our community members in new health insurance options and move toward population health. Not all of this change is... Read More >>

Weekly Report for September 10, 2015 – Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships

Annual Meeting: Change requires new partnerships   While change in health care is the only constant, passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 really dropped the checkered flag. Since then, hospitals big and small have been working intensively to improve our quality, enroll our community members in new health insurance options and move toward population... Read More >>

New Federal Law Requiring Notification to Medicare Patients Placed in Observation Status

The purpose of the bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new federal law Public Law 114-42, The NOTICE Act (H.R.876), that requires hospitals to provide oral and written notification to Medicare patients placed into observation status for longer than 24 hours. Also to let hospitals know of WSHA's plans to provide opportunities for WSHA-member hospitals to share and communicate best practices and prepare for the new law.... Read More >>

Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins offering executive placement

Washington Hospital Services is excited to announce an expanded relationship with our Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins to include executive recruitment and placement needs. Merritt Hawkins is one of the leading health care recruitment and placement firms in the country, and we are thrilled to bring their excellent services to the WSHA membership. If you have any... Read More >>

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